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An (Almost) Empty Stage

It’s quiet in De Meervaart Theatre. Where people normally crowd through the door to see performances, watch films, meet up or attend conventions, nobody can enter now. No buzz in the building, no lively chatter in the lobby and above all, no beautiful, moving or hilarious shared experiences on the stage. In this digital exhibition, we want to tell the stories of what happens when a theatre has to shut its doors all of a sudden, of what that means for staff, makers and audience. But we also have stories of what is still possible, such as live streams, Zoom workshops and a digital peek behind our theatre’s scenes, courtesy of this very exhibition.

De Meervaart wants all the residents of Nieuw-West to be shareholders in its activities. We believe that the performing arts hold a place of great value both in individual lives and in society. By committing to cultural participation, cultural education and the presentation of performing arts, we facilitate cultural discovery, discussion and reflection. De Meervaart wants to be a home for Nieuw-West, one that is defined by mutual respect, curiosity and the breaking down of cultural barriers. As a cultural institution, we actively contribute to the development of the cultural ambitions of local residents, engaged citizenship and the richness of the living environment.


Soundtrackcity met dank aan: Gemeente Amsterdam West Het huis van Amsterdam